How to get FCC Radio Operator Permit for FAA Commercial and Private Pilots

Steps get your Permit

FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit

FAA certificated pilots operating VHF radios and flying within the United States do not require any aircraft radio licensing or operator’s permit. Private or Commercial Pilots who fly outside of the United States, or who wish to operate an HF Radio need to obtain a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit from the Federal Communications Commission or FCC.

FCC’s website is not easy to navigate and hunting for information there is not an easy feat. Here are the 2 easy steps one needs to follow to secure your Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit (RROP).


Steps to Obtain Permit

Step 1 – With FCC, you have to first register for FRN Number – FCC Registration Number on CORES (Commission Registration System) Here is a link to get one – 


Step 2 – Log on to FCC’s license management system(using the login information you created in step 1), and select RR – Restricted Radiotelephone from the drop down menu. Here is a link to license management site – 


Answer No to all 3 questions on the next page, go through couple other steps including certification, pay the fee and you are done. (click the pic on the right)

Hope this helps. 

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11 Responses

  1. Just to clarify (I’m a little dense some times) its log into the second link.
    Click “Apply for new license” at top of right hand bar.
    Then “RR restricted operator” not “AC aricraft” correct? Both lead to the same 3 yes/no questions with just one extra one in between for AC

    1. Yes Nick, it is RR Restricted Operator. The other one is if you need a license for the aircraft, which is not what you would need as a pilot. As a pilot, we are an operator.

  2. Thank you for your directions. There site was not very informative. When I found your directions it made life much easier. Thanks again!

  3. How can I get a copy of my FCC (RROP) license that I lost and don’t remember license number do I need to apply for a new
    license. I trayed with my name and no records found

    1. I have never had luck trying to find records on their site. Maybe you should just apply for a new one. I am sure it would be easier and faster.

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